General Politics

Census data shows Michigan’s population grew and diversified, Detroit lost residents

BY: - August 12, 2021

Michigan’s population increased slowly over the past decade and became increasingly more diverse, but the population of Detroit decreased for the seventh decade in a row, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday.  Michigan’s population, which is now nearly 10.1 million people, grew by just 2% since the 2010 Census, making it one of […]

Dem leaders plan to investigate state ties to attack on U.S. Capitol

BY: - June 11, 2021

House and Senate Democratic leaders are calling for an investigation into Michiganders’ involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol.  On Thursday, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski (D-Scio Twp.) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint) called on other members in the Legislature to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the full extent […]

COMMENTARY

What Republicans need to know about critical race theory

BY: - June 8, 2021

The late historian John Henrik Clarke explained the dominant subculture’s preoccupation with manipulating history. Europeans “began manipulating history in the 15th century to justify the slave trade,” said Clarke, a pioneer in Pan-African studies, during an interview with Tony Brown on Brown’s eponymous show in the 1970s. Modern racism incubated during this period, Clarke said. […]

GOP House budget moves forward toward floor vote

BY: - May 7, 2021

The state House Appropriations Committee advanced the GOP-led House budget plan for Fiscal Year 2022 this week, which shifts some state agencies’ budgets to a quarterly basis and includes some stipulations for state departments and agencies around COVID-19 safety protocols. Committee Chair Rep. Thomas Albert (R-Lowell) said Wednesday that the move to create a quarterly […]

Ouster of Liz Cheney from U.S. House GOP leadership gains momentum

BY: - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson of Iowa said Thursday that she backs a move to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House GOP, after Cheney called out fellow Republicans for spreading lies about the 2020 presidential election. Hinson and top House Republican leaders including Louisiana’s Steve Scalise are advocating for Rep. Elise […]

Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan urges collaboration with private landowners

BY: - May 6, 2021

The Biden administration plans to broadly define conservation and encourage private landowners to adopt sustainable practices to meet a goal of protecting 30 percent of the land and water in the U.S. by 2030, according to a multi-agency report published Thursday. The recommendations are short of the most aggressive federal directives congressional Republicans feared would […]

Whitmer to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award for effort to fight COVID-19

BY: - May 4, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been named one of seven John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s Profile in Courage Award recipients for her effort to address the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is my honor to accept this prestigious award on behalf of every Michigander who stepped up to help their family and community through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said […]

Former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sworn in as head of NASA

BY: - May 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former Florida Sen. Bill Nelson launched into his new gig on Monday, when Vice President Kamala Harris swore him in to serve as the new NASA administrator. Standing next to his wife, his two children, and a piece of moon rock collected during the Apollo 16 mission, the 78-year-old Nelson expressed gratitude over […]

Michigan CEOs speak out against voter restrictions

BY: - April 13, 2021

Dozens of Michigan company leaders spoke up Tuesday against a voter restriction package that was introduced by Republicans in the Legislature last month.  Thirty-seven CEOS and leaders of some of Michigan’s top employers, including Ford, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and General Motors, signed on to a joint statement, laying out a number of […]

Former Trump-nominated attorney hired to lead CMU probe

BY: - April 2, 2021

Former U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider has been tapped by Central Michigan University to investigate whether CMU staff members knew about alleged sexual harassment from CMU alumnus and Vanguard Public Relations owner T.J. Bucholz, yet sent students to work for Bucholz anyway. Schneider served as U.S. Attorney for Michigan’s Eastern District for three years starting in […]

CMU suspends pair after fallout over Bucholz sexual harassment allegations

BY: - March 26, 2021

Two Central Michigan University staff members have been suspended as the university investigates claims of sexual harassment against CMU alumnus and Vanguard Public Relations owner T.J. Bucholz. The allegations were first reported by Eclectablog, a progessive news and commentary blog, after Michigan LGBTQ+ activist Emily Dievendorf, who was a former employee under Bucholz, shared on […]

Dick Polman: Lest we forget, Republicans were un-American long before Trump

BY: - December 23, 2020

MAGA’s last failed gasp – the moronic lawsuit that tried to argue Texas has the right to nullify the will of the people in key states that swung to President-elect Biden – was actually the culmination of the authoritarian impulse that has long been metastasizing inside the Republican party. Trump didn’t inject this disease. He’s […]